Hi, my name is Jordan Juarez and I am a senior at USC majoring in Neuroscience. Since joining the Image Understanding Laboratory during the Fall of 2013, I have been primarily focused on understanding the intricacies of both facial and object recognition.

Remarkably, the brain's visual system is able to process novel images in a fraction of a second. From distinguishing minute metric differences between familiar and unfamiliar faces to maintaining proper mental representations of objects at various orientations and scales, the brain's visual network is able to code a seemingly limitless abundance of scenes at a glance. In particular, I have explored the brain's unique ability to visualize faces through the utilization of large receptive fields that are sensitive to the tiny metric differences that distinguish one face from another. In exploring both the mechanics of facial and object recognition, a better understanding of how we can get mind from brain can be properly understood.